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Gerald J. Boileau

Gerald John Boileau (January 15, 1900 – January 30, 1981) was a U.S. Representative from Wisconsin.

Gerald J. Boileau
Rep. Gerald J. Boileau, of Wisc. LCCN2016872862 (cropped).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939
Preceded byGardner R. Withrow
Succeeded byReid F. Murray
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1931 – March 3, 1933
Preceded byEdward E. Browne
Succeeded byJames F. Hughes
Personal details
Born(1900-01-15)January 15, 1900
Woodruff, Wisconsin
DiedJanuary 30, 1981(1981-01-30) (aged 81)
Wausau, Wisconsin
Political partyRepublican (1931-1935) Wisconsin Progressive Party (1935-1939)

Born in Woodruff, Wisconsin, Boileau graduated from Minocqua High School and served in the United States Army, in France, during World War I. Boileau graduated from Marquette University Law School, in 1922, and was subsequently admitted to the bar. He returned to Marathon County and became district attorney in 1926, a position he held until his election to Congress in 1931. Boileau was first elected a Republican to the Seventy-second United States Congress as the representative of Wisconsin's 8th congressional district. For his next term he redistricted to Wisconsin's 7th district and was reelected to the Seventy-third Congress. He was then reelected to the Seventy-fourth and Seventy-fifth Congress but ran as a member of the Wisconsin Progressive Party still representing Wisconsin's 7th district. After his defeat for reelection in 1938, he returned to Wausau, Wisconsin to practice law. He soon after returned to public service as a circuit judge, a position he held from 1942 to 1970 when he retired. He died in Wausau on January 30, 1981.[1] He was the last surviving man elected to Congress as a member of the Wisconsin Progressive Party.


  1. ^ Wisconsin Legislative Reference Library (comp.). The Wisconsin Blue Book 1937. Madison: State of Wisconsin, 1937, p. 21.

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Gerald J. Boileau (id: B000598)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward E. Browne
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1931 - March 4, 1933
Succeeded by
James F. Hughes
Preceded by
Gardner R. Withrow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1933 - January 3, 1939
Succeeded by
Reid F. Murray